The following science pages will show how X-rays have become a mainstream tool for examining the structure and function of our material world, with an eye towards designing new materials, solving technological problems, and even curing diseases.
CHESS users come from around the world and represent both academic and corporate communities.
CHESS has proposed that the NSF support a “sub-facility” at CHESS. This allows other federal and state agencies, private foundations, academic institutions, and private industry to become partners with CHESS.
With a strong commitment to education, CHESS provides experiences to students, educators and the public that make science familiar and accessible.
The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source is a high-intensity X-ray source which provides our users state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation facilities for research in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental and Materials Sciences.
The CHEXS Lending Library program serves as a repository for valuable science resources for middle school (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12) teachers.
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All Grade Levels: Students work in groups to explore the food, lighting, color, and temperature preferences of live crickets, who are housed in a classroom habitat.
All Grade Levels: This kit includes everything you need to teach about fingerprints, with lab materials the same as those used in law enforcement for fingerprinting work.
Grades 5-12: In this lab, students use a dichotomous key to identify a series of marine mollusks and then create a dichotomous key of their own.
Grades 2-8: Students will learn how to measure length in SI units (the metric system), and practice measurements on human and orangutan hands and on human feet.
All Grade Levels: Students identify the parts of a microscope, use it to make observations, and compute the total magnification of the objective lenses.
Grades 5-8: Students will use fingerprinting, chromatography, and chemistry to gather and analyze evidence left behind at a crime scene and determine the criminal’s identity.
Grades 9-12: Here, students examine nine hominin skulls for specialized features and take measurements that enable them to determine the relatedness of these species.
Grades 9-12: In this lab, students predict an amino acid sequence from the DNA that codes for it and then predict the shape of an enzyme given the substrate it binds with.
Grades 9-12: In this lab, students perform DNA electrophoresis and examine gels for a mother, baby and possible fathers to determine correct paternity.
Grades 5-12: This kit enables students to discover the structure of a DNA molecule by joining 24 magnetic, preassembled nucleotides following the correct base pairing.
Grades 5-12: An animal skull reveals far more about the animal than just its species. Here, students analyze skulls to determine the animal's size, diet, eyesight and more!
Grades 5-8: Students are introduced to concepts of electrical energy and electrical current using a paper model.
Grades 5-8: The Sol Cycle is a miniature, 3D-printable bicycle that uses solar power to run a small motor that turns the wheels.
Grades 9-12: Each team will use a simulated topographic scanner with a platform-mounted LASER probe to discern the structure of an unknown block of Legos® built by another team.
Grades 9-12: Students perform a series of guided activities that illustrate the basic workings of a radio telescope.
Grades 9-12: This lab allows a hands-on investigation of water flow that can be related to electric current, potential and electric resistance.
Grades 9-12: Students begin by investigating the relationships between various properties of light; then, they observe the conversion of electrical energy into light and vice versa
Grades 9-12: Students explore various light diffraction phenomena and then develop an understanding of the use of diffraction in the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Grades 9-12: In this lab, students learn about electrical properties, circuit wiring and diagrams, and how voltmeters and ammeters are used.
Grades 9-12: Through numerical and graphical analysis, students find the direction of magnetic force on a wire and relate this force to the wire's length as well as its current.
Grades 9-12: Students use their observations of water waves in a ripple tank to develop an understanding of reflection, refraction, and diffraction.
Grades 9-12: Each team of students anodizes a sample of titanium to observe thin film interference and the relationship between film thickness and the color seen on the metal.
Grades 9-12: Students practice establishing standing waves on a string and discover the relationships between nodes and antinodes and between frequency and wavelength.
Grades 9-12: Students learn what transformers are and how to construct one, analyze the power loss of a transmission line, and explore differences between AC and DC power.
Grades 9-12: A series of guided activities that will illustrate various mathematical relationships seen in a standard physics course of study.
Grades 9-12: Students build a cable to model nerve conduction, work to reduce current/voltage decay, and use the model to predict problems associated with neurological disorders.
Grades 9-12: Students are introduced to concepts of electrical energy and current through simple circuits that use inexpensive household items.
Grades 9-12: Students perform calculations to guide a stunt car through various challenges. This lab fulfills the NYS Regents Physics requirement for a projectile motion lab.
Grades 9-12: Students design and optimize various anchor systems to support a “climber” represented by a 10 N weight.
Grades 9-12: Students measure voltage across a copper resistor and a superconductor to observe the unusual effect of temperature on a superconductor vs. a "normal" conductor.
Grades 9-12: After building a cloud chamber, students will visualize the paths of actual particles that result from cosmic rays.
Grades 9-12: This lab provides a hands-on introduction to the 'scope' through examination of AC and DC voltages, various waveforms, and other phenomena.
Grades 9-12: Students explore how light can be modulated to encode voice information using a simple version of Bell's original photophone.
Grades 9-12: Students perform guided activities that illustrate how microscopic and macroscopic features of metals relate to resistance and current flow.
Grades 9-12: Students make both qualitative and quantitative observations of static charge in this hands-on lab on electrostatic forces.
Grades 9-12: This lab provides students with an introduction to the fascinating ideas about chaos theory while tying it closely to concepts taught at the Regents Physics level.
Grades 9-12: This lab focuses on magnetic pickups in an electric guitar. Students explore concepts in electromagnetism, which illustrates how an electric guitar works.
Grades 9-12: Students will measure the speed of light while developing familiarity with basic optics and electronics components.
Grades 9-12: Students develop an understanding of how photovoltaic solar cells work through properties such as IV characteristics, peak power, and cell efficiency.
Grades 9-12: Students explore the law of conservation of energy by observing energy conversions as they occur within a light bulb.
Grades 9-12: This lab uses Foutan Circuit Boards, consisting of a battery and a network of switches and light bulbs, to help students explore the structure and behavior of circuits
Grades 9-12: Students find mass using three different methods apart from the conventional “weighing” technique, thus reinforcing the distinction between mass and weight.